Our mosquito management program is affected by the changes in weather patterns from year to year.
Our program is usually aligned to the increase in rainfall and the warmer weather.
Mosquito numbers are likely to continue to fluctuate in response to environmental factors, such as the predicted La Nina weather event. Dr Cameron Webb by (University of Sydney & NSW Health Pathology) explains this weather pattern will significantly increase mosquito numbers in areas like those around Geelong and the Bellarine.
The past five years have seen lower than usual rainfall and therefore the numbers of mosquitos has not been as high.
The recent increased rain and milder
temperatures over winter and spring provided ideal breeding conditions for
mosquitoes. These conditions have led to a significant rise in the mosquito
numbers across Greater Geelong.
Our program runs
throughout the year with aerial treatment commencing in August and running till
March 2021. We monitor and treat large wetlands which are known breeding
areas. Our treatment regime must be
done in the larval stage to prevent adult mosquitoes from emerging. To be
effective, larvae treatment must occur within a few days during the certain
stages of development. Unfortunately, once they’ve emerged, nothing can be
Residents can help us to keep mosquito numbers down by
keeping their pools, spas and fishponds maintained, as well as regularly
removing water from blocked gutters, old pots, toys, bird baths or stagnant
ponds around the home. Plus make sure any openings to your rainwater tanks are
covered with mesh.
Community members are also encouraged to protect themselves
and their families from mosquito bites by:
- wearing clothing that is
light coloured and loose fitting
- covering arms, legs and
- using an effective
To find out more
about our mosquito management program and to view some tips on protecting
yourself while numbers are high, please follow the links below: